Tag: Senate

Senate confirms EPA Administrator

Senate confirms EPA Administrator

February 28, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Senate has confirmed the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the role permanently in a tight 52-47 vote. Democrats and a sole Republican voted against his confirmation due to his record of easing environmental protections while the remaining Republicans eagerly welcomed him to the permanent position in […]

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Biofuels and biomass are big losers in Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill

Biofuels and biomass are big losers in Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill

June 10, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Senate Agriculture Committee released their draft farm bill on Friday afternoon, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which includes serious blows for biofuel and biomass funding, while offering positive changes and expansions for dairy producers, the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, Conservation Reserve Program and other programs. The Senate Agriculture Committee is […]

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EPA administrator grilled by Senate panel over budget and ethical allegations

EPA administrator grilled by Senate panel over budget and ethical allegations

May 16, 2018 |

In Washington, after coming under pressure from Senator Chuck Grassley earlier this week regarding hardship waivers, CNN reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator was set to face a Senate panel hearing Wednesday to answer for ethical and spending allegations that have been under scrutiny for the past several weeks. Dozens of investigations from his […]

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RenovaBio flies through lower house on its way to the Senate

RenovaBio flies through lower house on its way to the Senate

November 29, 2017 |

In Brazil, as promised, the RenovaBio bill is soaring through Congress having already been passed by the lower house on Tuesday. The Senate must still pass the bill before sending it on to the President for his signature but the Senate leader promised earlier to do what he could to push it through quickly just […]

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No vote on E15 bill this week, ethanol industry disappointed

No vote on E15 bill this week, ethanol industry disappointed

July 22, 2017 |

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee won’t be voting this week on the Consumer & Fuel Retailer Choice Act after all, leading many in the ethanol industry, like Growth Energy and Biotechnology Innovation Organization, to be disappointed. The Act would allow higher 15% ethanol concentrations in gasoline year-round, instead of […]

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Advanced biofuel producers and associations write Senate committee supporting S.517

Advanced biofuel producers and associations write Senate committee supporting S.517

June 13, 2017 |

In Washington, more than 25 advanced biofuel producers and trade associations sent a letter to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Monday, asking them to support the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S.517), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) announced. Under current law, fuels containing […]

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Ethanol becomes key point in Pennsylvania Senate race

Ethanol becomes key point in Pennsylvania Senate race

September 13, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, corn ethanol has become a hot debate point between the Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger for a contentious Senate race. Both have tried to paint the other as being in favor of big corporations to the detriment of the middle class. Ethanol has become a big sticking point as Philadelphia Energy Solutions looks […]

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Brazilian senate committee OKs higher biodiesel blend

Brazilian senate committee OKs higher biodiesel blend

November 12, 2015 |

In Brazil, on Nov. 11 a special senate committee unanimously approved an increase to the biodiesel blending mandate to 7%, increasing again to 10% in three years. Proposals are also under way to see B15 eventually in road transport as well as 20% blending for public transport. The public transport side of the proposal is […]

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Tom Buis criticizes Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake’s Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015

Tom Buis criticizes Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake’s Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015

January 19, 2015 |

In Washington, Senators Toomey, Feinstein, and Flake introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015, which Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis claims is recycled legislation that is “extremely shortsighted.” He said it seeks to appease the wishes of Big Oil and Big Food, is based on false information, and is ignorant of the environmental […]

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US Senate passes tax extenders through 2014 only; biodiesel tax credit renewed, but will expire again in two weeks.

US Senate passes tax extenders through 2014 only; biodiesel tax credit renewed, but will expire again in two weeks.

December 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Senate passed the tax extenders bill, including the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, 76-16. The tax extender legislation including a one-year retroactive extension of four key advanced biofuels tax provisions as part of a larger package of tax credit extensions. These four advanced biofuels incentives include: (1) the Second Generation […]

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